I’m only at the blog for a few minutes today–as I’ve got tons to do back at the writing desk–but wanted to swing by for a few minutes and wish everyone a very Happy Easter! Hope you all are having a glorious day and enjoying some lovely Spring weather!
And now I’ve got to run. I’m hard at work building some writing tools that’ll hopefully improve my writing efficiency model and tighten my plots. Once I get it nailed down and have it tested out with finishing the experimental short stories on my desk, then I will definitely be back to the blog to share.
Until then, if you’re a writer looking for some great material to read on craft and structure, I highly recommend (just about anything by) James Scott Bell. But in particular his books on Writing from the Middle and Super Structure. His 14 signposts in a character transformation plot have clicked for me in a way that I’d liken to seeing the Heavens open with angels lining up in a choir formation to sing Hallelujah! The dense girl finally got it.
Not kidding on that angelic choir thing. I’ve got two shifter shorts on my desk that are part of a series. I’ve been using Mr. Bell’s 14 signposts–along with some other tips of the trade I’ve picked up along my writing journey (that started around 1992)–and the plots that have come out for these two stories are… IMHO gripping as transformation character journeys.
Now it’s up to me to execute those plots and write the stories in such a way that I don’t lose the grip, but instead keep it firmly fastened around the readers’ heartstrings. To do that, I’ve been designing my writing beat structures in two novel writing software–Novel Factory and Scrivener. Both of which have their merits, but different ways of getting to the end goal.
Personally, I’m leaning towards Scrivener because it works with my learning and writing styles, but can’t ignore the perks of Novel Factory since it’s given me a better understanding of how it can work for another writer (my critique partner) and her writing style that’s not identical to my style.
Can’t wait until I get this efficiency model study wrapped up so I can come back to the blog and share the results and my thoughts on it. Which leaves me with one last comment to share and that is…
If you’re an introvert struggling to get a grip on life, liberty, and the pursuit of sanity, I highly recommend this book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain–who also has a TED Talk on the Power of Introverts here.
It’s been a while since I watched the TED video, but it stuck with me long after I watched it. So much so that when a friend sent me the link to this book, I raced to Amazon to pick it up. I’m reading it now and I cannot begin to tell you how much it’s helping me not feel like a loon at the drink cart chugging slightly bitter grape Kool Aid.
Okay and that’s it from me today! Hope you’re having a great day and I’ll catch you on the flip side!